Building on the momentum of the last few years where sales of nondairy milk have skyrocketed, vegan startups are running the tech industry, and vegans are taking over the meat industry, it’s safe to say plant-based foods are going to be the hottest food trend for 2018. Not only are they better for our health, the planet, and the animals, but all that good food makes for some seriously creative innovation as well.
After watching the trends in the last few years, we think you’ll be seeing a lot of these hot plant-based food trends in the coming year.
1. Vegan Desserts- Yes, we’ve had vegan donuts around for a while. Cupcakes, too. But with the avalanche of mainstream ice cream brands adding vegan options over this past year, but that’s just the very sweet tip of the dessert iceberg. You can expect the trend to continue as chefs get creative with replacing egg, butter, milk, and cream and explore the deliciousness of the plant kingdom. Better ask Santa to make sure that gym membership is paid up.
3. Cheese, Please- Domino’s is moving to bring vegan cheese to Australia after success in Israel, and with numerous pizza shops already using vegan cheese in the U.S., be on the lookout for more mainstream offerings upping their vegan cheese choices.
4. Whole Vegetables (Root to Stem)- Whole Foods says this is on trend for the new year and we couldn’t agree more. The simplicity of a whole vegetable is a luxury in its own right. Yes, whole roasted cauliflowers are still on trend, but expect to see whole carrots and stuffed squash and peppers on the menu, too. And be on the lookout for whole baked sweet potatoes and yams (especially the purple ones) as comfort foods get a reboot, too.
5. Vegan Latin- Any vegan living in Los Angeles can tell you that the best food trucks and carts right now are Latin-inspired. From true Mexican to Puerto Rican to El Salvadorian eats and everything in between, you’ll see a whole lot of Latin takes on vegan food from coast to coast. And you’ll want more.
6. Jackfruit Invasion- Grubhub saw a huge spike in jackfruit sales last year, especially on Meatless Mondays. This fruit cooks up like pulled pork and can take on any flavor it’s paired with. Versatile, fun, and delicious, you’ll love this fun vegan staple…..